08-05-2009, 08:36 AM
Uh-oh. Here I go again.
If you ever have any intention of showing your plants, cutting a rhizome to multiply the growth fronts will cause it to be rejected from judging.
Some would also argue (not necessarily me, but I'll throw it our for discussion) that a single, large "colony" of growths functions as a single plant, gathering light and producing sugars, absorbing nutrients and storing them, giving it more overall vigor than two smaller colonies could have.
Therefore, if you're not getting multiple leads, you're really not growing your plant as well as you should, and that you're artificially "forcing" the dormant eyes to sprout, which is akin to cutting a phal spike to get reblooming - it works, but weakens the plant.
Using science and logic
to advance orchid growing